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Legal Assistance Bureau (LAB)

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Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau (BCLAB) is a community legal services office founded by Boston College law students in 1968 and funded by Boston College Law School and through grants from Greater Boston Legal Services and Springwell Corporation.

We advise and represent clients with a variety of legal problems, including primarily domestic violence prevention, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, Social Security disability appeals. Pursuant to the Massachusetts student practice rule (SJC 3:03), students supervised by a faculty of supervising attorneys and a clinical social worker are certified to represent clients in every aspect of litigation, including appearing in court and at federal and state administrative hearings.

Our services are free for low income residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton.

LAB also offers free legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and first-time home buyers through its new Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC). The CEC represents clients throughout greater Boston who cannot afford private counsel.

In addition, if you are 60 years old or older, our Elder Project provides information, advice, and referral to residents of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Weston, regardless of income.